The Michael Illingworth Estate Collection

Thursday 14th September 2017

6.30pm - 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

ART+OBJECT is pleased to announce a unique catalogue, one of the most significant artist estate collections ever offered to the New Zealand market. Michael Illingworth (1932 - 1988) holds a unique position within the canon of New Zealand art history. In the 1960s his jewel-like canvases depicting the ‘Piss-Quick’, Tawera and Adam and Eve figures became almost overnight sensations, jousting with middle class mores and the media – his 1965 nude figures even, famously, attracting the attention of the police. At the time Illingworth always seemed to be at the center of the debate in the development of a unique New Zealand sensibility in the visual arts. Like many of the 1960s generation his world view was cemented by time spent in London and he returned from that exploding art scene armed with a set of creative ideals that he developed for the balance of his career. The Michael Illingworth Estate Collection is brimming with canvases, works on paper and seldom seen sculptures from the late 1950s to the 1980s. A+O will present a detailed catalogue charting the artist’s lifetime achievement.


Friday 8th September 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 9th September 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10th September 11:00 - 16:00
Monday 11th September 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 12th September 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13th September 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 14th September 09:00 - 14:00


Hamish Coney, Managing Director
0800 80 60 01
+64 9 354 4646
+64 21 509 550
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